>> RELATED: A list of metro Atlanta restaurants that have reopened dining rooms, patios amid coronavirus pandemic
The Brick Store Pub has also reopened in downtown Decatur. The beer bar is offering dine-in service as well as patio dining. The restaurant has all-new patio furniture after selling off the old patio seating in a fundraiser for staff during the height of the coronavirus-related shutdown.
New restaurants have been announced, as well. Taco Mac will open a new location in Lawrenceville, while a Korean fried chicken restaurant called Mukja will open in Midtown later this summer, as first reported by Tomorrow's News Today.
Some restaurants have had their opening plans changed as a result of the nationwide protests. Sidepiece, the new outdoor-only concept from the team at 8Arm, pushed its opening from Thursday, June 4 to the following Wednesday. In a statement on Instagram, the restaurant's team said the move was made to allow employees to participate in the protests. Conversely, two downtown restaurants owned by Legacy Ventures were forced to close after sustaining damage related to the protests last weekend. Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria and STATS Brewpub had both been operating on a takeout-only basis, but are now closed for repairs.
Some restaurants also continue to be acutely affected by COVID-19; this week, an employee at Forza Storico tested positive for the disease. The restaurant announced on Wednesday that it would be temporarily closed to test employees and deep-clean its space. The same day, Ray's On The River had a similar announcement and response to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus.
More dining news from the week:
- Six metro Atlanta restaurants were cited for violating the state's new, enhanced safety measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. All six restaurants closed for the day voluntarily after state police responded to complaints of overcrowding though one restaurant, Escobar Lounge, was cited twice in a single 24-hour period. Read more here.
- Many protesters have called for greater support of black-owned businesses. The AJC has compiled a list of more than 100 black-owned restaurants and other food businesses around the metro Atlanta area. See the list here.
- An Alpharetta brewery, Currahee Brewing Company, rebranded one of its beers this week after facing social media backlash due to the name and imagery associated with the brew. In March, the company released a stout called the Boogaloo that featured an image of a man in a Hawaiian shirt. The term "boogaloo" and accompanying Hawaiian shirts are associated with a racist anti-government movement whose goal is to incite a second Civil War. Currahee Brewing has stopped selling anything with the boogaloo branding and issued apologies on social media and in a statement to the AJC. Read more here.
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